8 Skin Care Tips for Menopause

The hormonal changes that occur during menopause can accelerate the skin's aging process. Therefore, it's important to reinforce care and use nourishing and firming products.
8 Skin Care Tips for Menopause
Karla Henríquez

Written and verified by the doctor Karla Henríquez.

Last update: 25 July, 2022

There are some healthy skin care tips you can practice during menopause, to counteract the hormonal changes you’re experiencing. Although some signs of aging are inevitable at this stage, a little extra care will slow down the process.

Skin tissue loses its firmness over time because of the reduction in collagen and elastin. By maintaining a good health and a beauty routine, however, you can reduce the intensity of these effects so your skin will stay beautiful longer.

While there are professional cosmetic products that will minimize the appearance of wrinkles, they won’t do a thing for you if you don’t take care of yourself in other ways. What should you do for your skin during menopause? Today, we’ll share some tips with you.

Basic tips for caring for your skin during menopause

When menopause arrives, it triggers many physical and emotional changes. One of the worst, without a doubt, is the aging of the skin.

In fact, some of the most “hated” changes are, without a doubt, dermatological alterations and skin aging, which occurs due to the decrease in female hormones and collagen.

The appearance of wrinkles and spots, the decrease in elasticity and the production of natural oils, as well as the appearance of imperfections related to flaccidity and excess dryness are changes that aren’t pleasant for women and cause them discomfort.

What can be done to minimize these effects? Let’s take a closer look below.

1-Protect your skin from the sun

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Although sun protection is essential at any age, it’s absolutely urgent that you step up your skin care during menopause. Because the tissues are weaker, direct exposure to the sun will do more damage if you don’t use a good quality sunscreen.
Dr. Rocío Gil Redondo points out that photoprotection is essential to take care of the health of the skin and prevent premature aging. Therefore, remember that it’s highly recommended to apply it daily, even on cloudy days.

2-Drink more water

The signs of dehydration are more noticeable during menopause due to the reduction of oils, which is caused by hormonal changes. To avoid having dry or rough skin, therefore, it’s essential you drink enough water throughout the day, depending on thirst (even in summer, as recommended by nutrition expert Julio Basulto).

3-Maintain a healthy diet

Many women make the mistake of following very low calorie diets during menopause because they’re afraid of gaining weight. Far from being beneficial, however, these diets can affect both your health and beauty.

Because a nutritional deficiency will directly affect the appearance of your skin, it’s best to opt for a healthy and balanced diet with all the nutrient groups. It should include protein, essential fatty acids, and sources of antioxidants.

4-Use exfoliating products

Some say that the least desirable thing for the skin in menopause is the excessive accumulation of dead cells and impurities on its surface, i.e., in the epidermis.

Experts believe that this can hinder tissue oxygenation and the cell regeneration process. Therefore, in order to keep the dermis hydrated and smooth, some believe that it’s best to exfoliate the skin from time to time.

Important note: Not all skin needs to be exfoliated with the same regularity. Therefore, it’s essential to consult a dermatologist before performing this type of procedure, even with homemade recipes. Exfoliating dry skin, for example, can irritate it and expose it to many other discomforts, instead of helping to improve its appearance.

5-Avoid tobacco products

A hand smashing a pile of cigarettes.
To kick the smoking habit, it’s important to throw away ashtrays and anything else that reminds you of smoking.

There are many reasons to avoid smoking at menopause. In fact, it’s best never to pick up smoking in the first place.

Tobacco’s one of the worst enemies of skin health. Its consumption increases the presence of wrinkles and has an impact on dryness. Not to mention its direct relationship with a multitude of lung diseases.

6-Use firming creams

There are many creams available with firming properties that help tighten the skin in the most sensitive areas. These products, whether professional or natural, prevent some of the wrinkles from forming in areas such as the face, neck, and chest.

7-Consume phytoestrogens

Foods and supplements that contain phytoestrogens, such as soy isoflavones, help minimize the negative impacts of hormonal shifts during menopause. By helping regulate your estrogen levels they slow the deterioration of the skin. These products should only be used under medical supervision, as some can have side effects.

8-Use face masks regularly

A woman applying a face mask.

Its application moisturizes the tissues and helps to reduce those small aggressions that influence the rapid appearance of wrinkles. In addition, thanks to their antioxidants, fats and amino acids, they’re ideal for preserving firmness. Some common ingredients for the elaboration of homemade masks are:

  • Avocado 
  • Natural yogurt
  • Olive oil and oats
  • Coconut oil with aloe vera
  • Banana with honey

Do you want a personalized treatment?

If you want a specialized treatment to take care of your skin during menopause, consult a dermatologist. The professional will always be able to tell you what is best for you and why.

Keep in mind that you should never apply natural remedies without their authorization, as you could suffer adverse reactions and worsen the problems that you have tried to solve by applying them.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.